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Praise … The Joy in our Hands… #Trust30


Call to Arms by Sasha Dichter

The secret of fortune is joy in our hands.Ralph Waldo Emerson

What if today, right now, no jokes at all, you were actually in charge, the boss, the Head Honcho. Write the “call to arms” note you’re sending to everyone (staff, customers, suppliers, Board) charting the path ahead for the next 12 months and the next 5 years. Now take this manifesto, print it out somewhere you can see, preferably in big letters you can read from your chair.

You’re just written your own job description. You know what you have to do. Go!

(bonus: send it to the CEO with the title “The things we absolutely have to get right – nothing else matters.”)

(Author: Sasha Dichter)

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At this point I am forced to believe that this “Trust 30” Challenge is a world view of how we humans are to become Self-Reliant.

I would have to do some research, which I someday may, on Emerson’s religious, spiritual views. However, whether Christian or Atheist, what I see in each of his quotes is a very clear and evident faith.

The kind, well-educated and well minded authors interpreting these lines of quote, possibly out of the context of the original essays, apparently do not see Emerson’s faith. Or, having seen it try to fit it into the too small vision of their world and this Trust 30 challenge.

God does not fit into any box, let alone one defined by the world view of today.

Todays quote speaks to ” the SECRET JOY in our hands” … their interpretation is this quote somehow equates to our being IN CONTROL of our profession.

…and they would be correct, but so off base by crushing this God concept into that world view box!

Our first and most important calling (what the world would view as profession) is to Praise and Worship our Creator.

The foremost reason we, humanity, were created was to praise God, to love God, to be God’s companions.

Revelation 4:11

“Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.”

To quote a pastor I grew up under, “We were made by God, For God.”

So what is this “JOY in our hands”?

The Joy in our hands is our ability, our desire, to Praise God for all He has provided. It is Joy for us to Worship God in His sovereignty, giving Him the accolades of our reverence, honoring and glorifying the Almighty God for what He has done for this dying world in which we reside.

The Joy in our hands is the gratitude that drops us to our knees in the most trying of times, as well as the most joyous and victorious times, alike.

He is worthy to be praised!

So what of the “Secret of fortune” the quote speaks of immediately?

The secret is in the praise, in the worship. Our desire to Praise and Worship God, to acknowledge with loving reverence His Son and to follow the guidance of His Holy Spirit is the secret.

The fortune is derived from the obedience of our Praise and Worship of God. It is in our obedience to God that His grace is garnered. It is the obedience in which we operate our faith that garners the favor we receive in this life, and beyond, as His Children.

In obedience to this prompt, here is my Call to Arms to the CEO, to the Staff, suppliers and customers…

to ALL who are to be laborers for the Kingdom of God …

Psalm 150

1 Praise the LORD.

Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens.
2 Praise him for his acts of power;
praise him for his surpassing greatness.
3 Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
praise him with the harp and lyre,
4 praise him with timbrel and dancing,
praise him with the strings and pipe,
5 praise him with the clash of cymbals,
praise him with resounding cymbals.

6Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.

Praise the LORD.

…Lift your hands, Lift your hearts, Lift your eyes

and …

Let everything with in you, praise the LORD!

Blessings Loves ♥


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A Moment of Inspiration


I was inspired, just now, by Lysa TerKeurst’s post: The Moment. Please take the time to go and read her blog post today. It will bless you.

Home Coming...My Love

My love and I have been together for 22 “Wonderful” years. There are many moments throughout our day that would cause deep heartache if they did not occur. If for some reason they ceased. Like Lysa, the mere thought causes my heart to contract with an ache so deep, at just the thought…

♥ actually the “Wonderful” after the 22 is also one of these moments. Without a relationship with God early in our relationship, we now know that God was forming us into who we are together! We began, without any teaching about the biblical Covenant of the Marriage (while living together, I might add.) that this was forever…that it was a “death do us part” deal. Somehow we knew. Then there was the rearranging of how we handled each other, even during the fights and disagreement (by the way there, blessedly and miraculously were not many; in fact I believe we are still only at maybe 5 that are memorable and more than a simple spat! Yes! in 22 Wonderful years!). We made an effort to speak positively, even before hearing and understanding “speaking those things…”, as scripture tells us.

Even in a strained conversation when I would begin (it’s always the woman who begins with this…) with, “We’ve been together ### years!!!” My loves response would be…”that’s ### WONDERFUL years…you forgot the wonderful!:” and then we would…

laugh… 🙂

So I bet you now can imagine … what that one moment in a day, if missed,  that would leave an eternal echo in my heart, should it not occur…even just once, let alone ever again…

After 22 “wonderful” years…there are so many…but I’d have to say…

It would be the laughter in the morning…

The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.  ~e.e. cummings

Most times this man of mine and I, even on the not so pleasant mornings (My love is NOT a morning person, though…God…), somewhere we laugh!

When I take one of those mindless surveys in an e-mail or on facebook…you know the one where your friends want to know more about you…the one you begin out of boredom or stress and realize half way through some thirteen year old developed it…there is always, ALWAYS this questions:

What is your favorite sound?

and my answer is always…the SOUND OF MY MEN LAUGHING…

On the off days, and though I know they have occurred, I cannot recall one at the moment, that there is no morning laughter the day just isn’t the same until that  MOMENT in our life, for that day, manifests. We are blessed to say, that even in the hardest of trials we have enjoyed laughter…

ENJOYED…

IN JOY WE HAVE LAUGHED, each day of this Wonderful 22 years! Seriously!

Like the caress Lysa and her husband share while turning down a collar; Our laughter is like that caress. Truly touching our hearts and marking a true “I Love YOU!” in the heart, on the day.

Psalm 126: 2-3

Our mouths were filled with laughter,
our tongues with songs of joy.
Then it was said among the nations,
“The LORD has done great things for them.”
The LORD has done great things for us,
and we are filled with joy.

A MOMENT between the two of us…that is so intimate that I cannot explain it in words.

Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.  ~Victor Borge

We all have these moments in our day…in our lives…There are those who do not realize that these moment occur in their day, even to the point of  denial, believing that these moments do not happen for them. I ache for these sad ones and I say to them…Focus, yes, focus on your day…what little moment with your love; be it a husband or a beau or just a friend…what is that…

INTIMATE MOMENT that you have with this person that defines your love?

And when you find that MOMENT…treasure it, mark it on your heart…find scripture that speaks it to your memory and leads you to creating the moment, on purpose…

I hope this and Lysa’s post inspires you to find, or today CREATE, a moment, a thing between you and your love that becomes an ingrained practice in your relationship.

The one thing that when there is trouble…when the world tells you, you should just end it…walk away…your spirit says …

BUT WHAT IF I NEVER HEAR…SAY…SEE…FEEL…THIS WITH MY LOVE AGAIN…what if…

Don’t let that happen. It is these moments that create the foundation of a strong relationship!

PLEASE SHARE WITH ME AND YOUR FELLOW READERS/FOLLOWERS WHAT THAT MOMENT IS IN YOUR DAY, WITH THAT SPECIAL SOMEONE…we would love to share this with you!

Blessings Loves


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How Do I Love Him ♥ Let Me Count the Ways…


My Love ♥

First, Happy Valentine’s Day ♥

I was very busy that last two days. My love has finally moved me into the office.

Happy Valentine’s Day to me.

He even seems to like my quiet presence here.

Today, between putting my area of the office to my liking and respectfully cleaning off his desk, I read a few devotionals and the Facebook Valentine greetings from friends. I noticed a few of the women I follow in devotionals were discussing love and romance.

Romance, something I don’t understand, nor do I believe I was created to understand it. These ladies were not complaining about a lack of romance. They had come to a place were they were confessing in a way.

They were pointing out what they had thought true communication and romance were as compared to what they had come to know as true Romantic Communication.

I was glad to see that these wise women had come to the conclusion that was not the Hallmark version of Romance.

When you are married with children and careers, romance becomes something entirely different from Roses, Dinner, Wine and Chocolate. A mature love, whether you are young newly weds or an old married couple, is about investing time in truly knowing one another. When we truly know one another our romance becomes about everyday joys.

I wrote this two years ago, and it all remains true today. Unlike the roses that will fade and dry, the wine that will lose its flavor and the chocolate that, let’s be honest won’t last the week, this relationship my love and I have built is solid and forever. This is because we live and love each day by choice, truly waking and wanting to love the other.

I updated my article, not much as this remains true to our love; Do You Love Your Husband,  that I wrote on Helium, around this time 2009.

It really remains true. I am blessed.

Please enjoy this love letter about my love while I go and clean the kitchen from our Valentine’s Dinner and Jeopardy Date! That’s romantic to us. 🙂 Really, having times during the week that we set aside to enjoy the things we enjoy together and each other is our Everyday Romance.

                                                               ♥♥♥♥

Eight years of marriage; not much, some would say. Yet others would find that amazing.

Yet, our together began twenty-two years ago.

So much has happened in this vast amount of time.

Growth and learning, striving and working, life moving at the speed of light.

Time, during which miraculously, our spirits knit together. By twenty some years of purposeful love.

Purposeful Love…

We realized very early on that love is not a feeling. In these twenty some years we have learned: if the feeling love is what we used to knit, unraveling would soon occur.

No, we came to know that love is an act that we had agreed to choose. All intelligence aside, yes we are a learned two, we found that love is the result of that striving, growth, learning and work, that we put forth.

Now has it been easy? Yes would be a lie. There were days, many, when friendship saved the day. We both had very difficult relationships with others, before the us we are today. Only after much personal searching did we launch this relationship. At first, each vowing inwardly, unbeknownst to the other, that this was the last shot.

For many years, I believe it was four, friends and family thought they knew. But no one was ever sure. We each had children between us, from those difficult relationships. In the beginning it was their hearts we protected, our four little tikes. Our hearts, desires and necessities took second, third and fourth places, behind those little hearts. We hid our budding relationship from anyone it might hurt.

We loved, lived and supported one another. Building from a foundation of friendship, we learned that this was the most secure way. Our affection for one another was derived from genuine like. The time we spent with one another was platonic, even at night. We read, we talked and sat in silence, always secure in the thought that God had a sense of humor, and we were somehow alright.

Yes, I said God. We were not practicing any religion. And God knows we were not following any commandments. Yet, somehow deep within us, we both came to the same revelation. The knowledge that God had put us together. We often look back and see His hand, amazed at His faithfulness to two souls who He meant to be one. To this day we believe it was for His own personal entertainment. I mean our creator is a funny guy.

The differences in our beings complement the other, naturally. Enhancing that, from across a room we can speak volumes with our eyes. We stop each other daily, knowing what the other will say. Still after all of this time we laugh, we laugh every day. And did I mention his smile still takes my breath away?

We love each other daily, through friendship and through truth. On mornings when I am not tip-top, my husband opens those striking blue eyes and smiles at me, starting my day again. Each morning we greet the dawn, with coffee in hand at one another’s side. We wipe the sleep from our eyes and begin another day. Our day to day is routine and secure in the knowledge that we have so much more.

We appreciate each other even when taking the other for granted. He tells me that I am beautiful and that he loves me every day. He even does laundry. He never says a disparaging word, even when I deserve it. I stand amazed at his fidelity and his fierce and honest love. Can anyone ever question that I’ve been blessed with this man’s love?

I choose this day, like yesterday, to love him everyday. I love him when he’s perfect and when he’s out of line. I love his body and his mind. I love his relationship with God. I love the way his heart betrays his macho when he speaks of our children in paternal love. I love that he wants for me what it is I want.

He encourages my dreams and imaginations. His eyes make me believe. I love that he’s smart and beats me at Jeopardy! I love that we like each other. I love that he chose me. I choose him over and over again, until eternity.

Do I love my husband? Yes, as deeply today as each day of the last 22 years.

                                                           ♥♥♥♥

Blessings Loves ♥ I wish you love and joy.


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Let My Words be Few Thursday ~ Grateful ~


Let My Words Be Few Thursday

Welcome!

HOPEannFAITH’s very first “Let My Words be Few” Thursday!

Please join us!

Leave me a link to your “Few Words” blog post; it can be about anything you want, but short and to the point! 

 I will link your post into my “Few Words” posts; and we can discuss and get to know one another. 

 I will  get a Mr. Linksy thingy, to make joining us easier for you. I will then need to learn how to use it. 😀

“Few Words” Thursdays is my attempt at concise and profound writing…where the content touches our Spirits and not just our minds and flesh. I hope this will improve my writing skill set while deepening my spiritual walk.

As I journey to Wholeness in 2011, I walk primarily with God and likeminded people. I want to live positively in an intentional manner.

I believe this is going to heal me physically, spiritually and mentally.

My word for 2011 is Wholeness…which I may have mentioned once or twice. 🙂 I just ordered my necklace from Linda Leonard Designs. I feel this necklace is an integral part of my Wholeness experience. I don’t know why…but it feels significant.

In this journey to Wholeness I find myself GRATEFUL today. Follow the link to the Webster’s definition of grateful, which I feel is lacking~one day maybe I’ll post a rant about the desication of the English language. What I did find interesting was at the end of the definition it lead me to the definition of Grace; I’m going to research that some more…

I find gratitude to me, the concept of being grateful is a deep humbling thankfulness; one I feel primarily when I am intimate with God, alone. While there are several individuals I am truly grateful to and for, God is by far the person who brings me to humility more than anyone else. I believe that is the way it should be.

But I, with shouts of grateful praise, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the LORD.’” Jonah 2:9

Even when we are thankful, feeling humbled in reference to another person or circumstance, it remains my deep belief that that occurs because God has improved us or something in us; repaired or cured something in us; that no mortal physician can. I believe that pure gratitude is divinely inspired.

There is so much I am grateful for…so in an effort to keep this already wordy post short here are but a few things on todays Gratitude list:

I am Humbly Grateful to my Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus

Blessings Loves ♥


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Our Secret Place ~ God ~ and The Mega Memory Month Finale


 

 First let me apologize for being a day late with this final update. 

Life did what life does and I did not get a chance to post yesterday. Actually I had to work one of my usual days off…well…and I didn’t get to do what I wanted to do. So there it is…:) 

I did well, I think and I spent this morning creating my Celebration Piece! Than I had to run errands and prepare for our bible study tonight…life doing what life does…Life is Good! ♥ 

What I have planned is to continue working on memorizing this Psalm…in my last update post I shined the light on Meagan, she continued after last year’s January MMM to continue on until her chosen scripture was an integral part of her spirit. I believe that to be the TRUE premise or precept of God, when He speaks of renewing our minds. I encourage you, once again to visit Stand and Consider, it is inspirational.

God instructs us, in scripture to renew our minds… 

That renewal, or intimate knowledge, of even a piece of God’s Word, allows us to remain in Him;  protecting us from the ways and precepts of this fallen and lost world we reside in. Meagan acheived that in the last calendar year

I intend to be able to claim the same JOY come January 2012. 

I find another joy in this scripture today, as I do each day. As I am writing this, I came to the knowledge that this precept of renewing our minds is in direct corralation to Psalm 91. 

A precept, as you know, is a commandment or direction given as a rule of action or conduct, a procedural directive or rule. 

Renewing our mind is one of the ways we “dwell in the secret place of the Most High”. Renewing the mind with and in the Word of God creates the “Shadow of the Almighty” under which we can then abide. 

Staying in the Word is one vital way that creates that presence of the God, that we trust, creating in us a deep desire to Praise in  the manner of Psalm 91:2 

“I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress; My God , in Him I will trust.” (NKJV) 

This Psalm is a detailed description of God’s Love for us; a description of Our Secret Place in Him. God’s children can enjoy a deep abiding peace, even amidst the trial of life, when we cooperate with God and His  divine strategies. 

Like I said earlier, I think I did okay. Again, not great, but I am not disappointed like I was last year. Who could be disappointed when they are becoming intimate with Psalm 91 and the promises of God therein. Same rules apply from previous MMM Update Posts; RED for needing a prompt and STRIKEOUTS for things I simply got wrong: 

Psalm 91 ~ The Promise of God’s Protection in All Areas of Life

Whoever lives under the shelter of the Most High will remain in the shadow of the Almighty. 

I will say to the Lord, You are my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust. 

He is the one who will rescue from the hunters’ trap and from deadly plagues. 

He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge. His truth is your shield and armor. 

You do not need to fear the terrors of the night, arrows that fly during the day, 

Plagues that roam the dark, epidemics that strikes at noon

They will not come near you, even though a thousand may fall dead beside you or ten thousand at your right side. 

You only need to look with your eyes to see the punishment of wicked people. 

  

You, O Lord, are my refuge! 

  

You have made the Most High your home. 

No harm will come to you. No sickness will come near your home. 

He will put His angels in charge of you to protect you in all your ways. 

The will carry you in their hands so that you never hit your foot on a rock. 

You will step on lions and cobras. You will trample young lions and snakes. 

  

Because you love me I will rescue you. I will protect you because you know My Name. 

When you call to me, I will answer you. I will be with you when you are in trouble I will save you and honor you. 

I will satisfy you with a long life. I will show you how I will save you. 

~♥~ 

I’d like to add a small note here. The last three verses are my favorite, as I have stated before. I found it odd that I continue to forget particular words in these verses. As I was pondering this {I believe our ponderings, even the silent ones are like prayers} the Holy Spirit pointed something out to me. The Words I don’t remember HONOR, SATISFY and LONG LIFE, are key words. Is it that I have not yet been fully persuaded that God would fulfill these amazing things in MY life??? In my head I know that this Psalm is for everyone, me included, so what is blocking my ability to do follow the  two most important  precepts ?  To believe and to Abide… 

If that is true, focusing on Psalm 91 as my GO TO scripture for 2011 I believe, I KNOW, that I will conquer this lack of persuasion.  

Now…Here’s my MMM Piece de resistance… 

 

Celebrating God’s Protection

Blessings Loves ♥

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God’s Promise:Protection in the Dessert…


For the first time in my Christian walk, I am in a dry place. This desert is cold, oddly enough, and I ache. I press into God, like I know to do and yet…

I still could cry at any moment.

I still cry out to God for guidance. I hear His comforting voice say, “Feed yourself child, even a small child goes into the kitchen and finds a morsel when she is hungry; drinks from the tap when her throat is dry. Feed yourself.”

So I feed myself and still feel sad and heartsick and …Dry.

Since this is a first I am (was) completely lost as to what to do. So I do as the bible instructs and I press in and stand; I get in the Word and stand on what I know. Yet months I feel more deeply parched.

 The dehydrating of my spirit is causing confusion in my thinking…and back to the Word I go.

I call our new Assistant Pastors…very, very close friends. Siblings in Christ, family and ask pointed questions. Why? Because this is very personal to the transition our church has had in the last several months. It feels like I am not being fed in church, like there is a drought of the Holy Spirit. Yet…I know this is me, not everyone. I know that to move forward in the ministries God has planned for me I must serve gladly and willingly, in obedience, to the man of God, the Shepherd I am placed under.

I know this is mourning. I felt this when my uncle passed away last March, but differently. It is the mourning of the move of my spiritual parents, mourning church as it was…

Dryness is uncomfortable, but I realize I am not being moved; therefore I am not to go to another church to find what I believe I am missing. I know that I am not to move…yet I crave the Fire of the Holy Spirit. I crave a spirited sermon. I find I am craving the past…and this is not good. It is not forward movement it’s stagnation.

So, I press in. I pray more, I praise more; I look to the Word more, I listen more closely and press in during the very, very good teachings of the Pastor, knowing that this dryness will be watered by these things. Soon, as I cry to the Lord, I will be answered, because He never leaves nor forsakes me.

I found this today. In my angst, this dryness, I didn’t get around to my devotions until later in the day. Although I did pray, I did spend time in Praise…but still I am dry.

This is how I feel, have been feeling…honestly. [the words in brackets are my insertion; how I read this Psalm…how I pray these scripture verses.]

Psalm 38

6 I am bowed down and brought very low;
all day long I go about mourning.
7 My back is filled with searing pain;
there is [seems to be] no health in my body.
8 I am [feeling] feeble and utterly crushed;
I groan in anguish of heart.

15 LORD, I wait for you;
you will answer, Lord my God.
21 LORD, [I know that You] do not forsake me;
do not be [are not] far from me, my God.
22 Come quickly to help me,
my Lord and my Savior.

Come quickly LORD…I desire to delight myself in You, LORD, not just simply exist in You. Come quickly.

Blessings Loves ♥


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